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Nawn-Factors: JP Losman

Losman scans the field, looking for He Hate Me or some other UFL player with his color uniform

By Andrew Nawn

Andrew Nawn attends Framingham State College and his weekly column on Obscure Athletes discusses solid college football players who just couldn’t cut the mustard in the NFL

Going into the 2004 draft the Buffalo Bills thought they saw a future starting quarterback in the making, coming from Tulane University. JP Losman was going to the quarterback of the future for the Buffalo Bills. Given that the Bills hadn’t taken a quarterback in the first round since Jim Kelly, Losman was expected to fill the spot and put the Bills on the right road to victory, something former Patriot Drew Bledsoe couldn’t do for the Bills.

Losman’s college career was impressive. Losman played only played two

JP Losman jersey, also available in Locomotive silver

years however, because one time Nawn-Factor Patrick Ramsey was the starter at Tulane for the first two years of Losman’s career. Before coming to Tulane Losman played at UCLA but demanded to be the starting quarterback. Upon finding out he wouldn’t be the starting quarterback he transferred to Tulane. In his two years as starting quarterback Losman led his team to one bowl appearance and an overall unimpressive record of 13-12. Losman threw for 60 touchdowns and 27 interceptions, and 6.754 yards. He was also a ground threat, running for 10 touchdowns and 241 yards in his two year starter. After completing his career at Tulane, Losman entered the 2004 draft with quarterbacks Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger. Losman was selected with the 22nd pick by the Buffalo Bills.

        Losman must have thought he was doomed because of the freak accident that left him with a broken leg in the first day of training camp, by one time Philadelphia Eagle great Troy Vincent. In the 2005 season Losman was rewarded to the starting quarterback job, and led the Bills to a 22-7 season opening win over the Houston Texans. Accuracy haunted Losman during the 2005 season, however, as he was eventually benched for back up quarterback Kelly Holcomb. After an injury during the season, Losman returned to the starting quarterback role and led the Bills to another victory this time against the Kansas City Chiefs 14-13, in which Losman threw two touchdown strikes to then-rookie Lee Evans.

   In 2006 Losman had his best season in the NFL, throwing for 3,051 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  Losman had a 62.5 completion percentage for the season, a record for Buffalo Bill quarterbacks in a full 16-game season. He was rated the 11th best passer in the NFL, with an 84.9 passer rating. The 2007 season was one Losman would like to forget as Trent Edwards was drafted, adding to the pressure Losman had  to perform. He promptly folded under such pressure, as injuries and accuracy problems came back and Trent Edwards entered the spotlight. Losman demanded to be traded during the ’08 season, a demand the Bills ignored, and following the season the team made no effort to re-sign Losman, instead committing to backup QB and Harvard standout Ryan Fitzpatrick.

       With no teams showing interest in Losman, he decided to go to the UFL where he was drafted by the Las Vegas Locomotives. As the starting quarterback of the Locomotives, Losman led them to the inaugural championship. In 8 games Losman threw for 1,193, 9 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. After the impressive season in the UFL, the Oakland Raiders signed him for the remainder of the 2010 NFL season where he appeared in one game, where he was hurt on his first play upon entering the game. This upcoming season Losman will compete for the backup job for the Seattle Seahawks. With such an impressive list of credentials, it is safe to say, JP Losman has been an NFL Nawn-Factor!

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